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Ballet in one act with choreography by Tetley, music by Poulenc, and designs by Ter-Arutunian. Premiered 22 Dec. 1973 by the Stuttgart Ballet at the Württembergische Staatstheater in Stuttgart, with Haydée, Cragun, Keil, R. Anderson, and Stripling. The ballet, created as a memorial to the choreographer John Cranko, who had died suddenly earlier in the year, is set to Poulenc's Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings, and Timpani. According to Tetley, ‘Voluntaries—by musical definition—are free-ranging organ improvisations, often played before, during and after religious service. The Latin root of the word can also connote flight or desire, and the ballet is conceived as a series of linked voluntaries.’ It was revived for the Royal Ballet (1976), American Ballet Theatre (1977), Royal Danish Ballet (1978), Paris Opera Ballet (1982), Australian Ballet (1984), the National Ballet of Canada (1988), and English National Ballet (2000).

Subjects: Dance.

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